The 1 Thing That Even Clint Eastwood Found Too “Tough” For Him Despite Saying “It Wasn’t Complicated”


Up until the 1980s, Clint Eastwood’s music career was in full swing.
Clint Eastwood has had an amazing career spanning seven decades, making him one of Hollywood’s most recognized individuals. He worked as an actor, director, and musician in addition to being a musician. Jazz music is a special favorite of the well-known director. He may have experimented with a few other genres to follow the fads of the day, including rock and roll, but he says he never truly enjoyed it and would always return to performing jazz.

Clint Eastwood Talks About That One Song He Released In The ‘60s

Veteran director Clint Eastwood talked about his 1961 song “Unknown Girl of My Dreams” in an interview with Fresh Air. To the host, he said:

Yes, I believe I did something along those lines. Actors on programs back then would be taken on, reasoning that it would give them a head start. At least we recognize their face. They have a recognizable persona, and perhaps they could establish some momentum. I made a couple recordings, but nothing very noteworthy, in my opinion.

The interviewer remarked that the arrangement of the song sounded “kind of very generically produced pop recording” which Eastwood defended:

“I have to give you a lot of points on that one. But, yeah, well, you know, you’re just – that’s what music was all about in the ‘60s. Everything was starting to get into the rock and roll era, and it wasn’t complicated. But to have to listen – you think looking at yourself at the screen is tough. That is really tough.”

He was never a fan of the rock and roll era, though he admitted recording the song was not really a big deal for him. It’s seeing himself perform was the challenging one.


Clint Eastwood On Why He Never Explored Rock And Roll Genre

Clint Eastwood gave an explanation of why, despite rock & roll’s heyday in the 1960s, he never fell in love with it in a different Rolling Stone interview. The genre captivated even actors like Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson, who were his contemporaries. He acknowledged:

“I’ve enjoyed a lot of rock & roll and rhythm & blues. A portion of the music from the 1960s is actually pretty nice when you listen to it back. I must admit, though, that I never connected with the rock and roll generation. Being a child of the 1940s, I kind of missed it. It was big band and bebop for me.

He admitted it did not ignite or stir a fire inside him as compared to jazz. Furthermore, Eastwood said:

“In the ’60s I sort of skipped by rock. It didn’t musically inspire me a lot. But I love rhythm & blues, which is sort of the inspiration for rock & roll. To me, rock & roll seemed like sort of a white version of rhythm & blues.”

In a documentary, Eastwood claimed that jazz and blues music are the true forms of American art, perhaps the only original art forms that existed. Interestingly, the director’s music career received moderate success until the ‘80s.